Sharing the Supper: A Success Story

Continuing our discussion of the Lord’s Supper, I wanted to mention something that we did this past Sunday which I found to be quite helpful.

This was a service with the bilingual group at our church; there were somewhere between 50 and 70 in attendance. At the beginning of the service, I had told the story of my eating with a stranger one day at Taco Bueno. Because the restaurant was full, we had to share a table. Naturally, I introduced myself, and we chatted during the meal. That’s what you do when you eat with someone, I said… except at church. I told them that our focus that day was going to be on taking the Lord’s Supper as a body.

Before eating and drinking, we sang the song “Come To The Table of Mercy” (in English and in Spanish), which very much set the tone for what we were going to do. My wife, Carolina, had made the communion bread and had made quantity sufficient for everyone to have a cracker-sized portion. The grape juice was in pitchers, and we had small cups out on the table.

As we “partook,” I called people forward to the table, encouraging them to speak with one another along the way, shaking hands and embracing one another. For me, it was a beautiful time. I was one of those serving at the table, and I got to speak a word of greeting and of blessing to many of those that came forward, some of whom I hadn’t had a chance to greet yet.

It wasn’t perfect, but for me it was a definite improvement over the usual “sit in the pews and pass the trays” procedure. I hope we can do this more often.

Have you participated in unusual communion services which made the time more meaningful to you?

2 thoughts on “Sharing the Supper: A Success Story

  1. Vern

    Nice to hear your experience of the table. I have thought about this off and on and how far away it seems we have gotten from what is portrayed in the NT. With the Lord it seems as if the table followed a meal together. With the churches it also seemed there was to be eating together followed by the table. It definitely doesn’t give me an impression of formality. Of course the whole “pew” thing cannot be found anywhere in Bible much less at the table. For that matter, buildings exclusive for church meetings is neither found in the NT. That’s just the pattern not anything by way of legality. Anyway, from my observation, formality is just deadness with a nice whitewash. May the Lord get His glory in the church.

  2. Greg England

    At Long Beach we would have the elders and their wives stationed at different places around the sanctuary and the people would go to one of those “stations” to not only be served communion by one of the shepherds and / or his wife, but to share how Jesus was blessing them. Those were the best times of communion. But we did a lot of different things to keep it from becoming routine. Some of the “things” we did were messy and noisy, but very meaningful.

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